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16-year-old surprises family, himself on live TV: “I’m bisexual”

A very bold 16-year-old boy has proved an excellent primer on how to sidestep the potential awkwardness of telling friends and family about their sexuality: You can just surprise yourself by announcing your proclivities on national TV.

For BBC Newsbeat’s “Generation Misunderstood?” program, on September 26, producers invited 80 sixteen to twenty-two-year-olds to discuss whether older generations need to loosen up about race, gender, and sexuality.

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One unusually brave audience member, a 16-year-old named Andy, surprised himself by making a life-altering announcement in front of an audience of thousands of people.

“This is actually a really big thing for me,” he says. “This is the first time I’ve ever admitted it in public.

“I am bisexual.

I think it’s been really difficult for me to come out to the stage, especially to people at school because there is so much stereotyping and so many presumptions around it, and people assuming you are a certain way because of how you act or because of who you are attracted to, when in reality it’s something you can’t control.

People treat it like you’re in the wrong, like you’re committing some kind of sin when I’m hard-wired that way, it’s not something I can change.”